(SPRINGFIELD) Illinois lost out to New Jersey for having the highest percentage of outbound moves in a recent study by the National Movers Association, which tracks customers state-to-state migration patterns. The 42nd annual study by United Van Lines found 70% of the moves by Illinois residents were out of the state with just 34% moving into Illinois. In fact, the Land of Lincoln had the poorest track record among retirees and those moving because of lifestyle, however there were more moving into Illinois than leaving involving those moving because of a job, family, or health reasons. After New Jersey and Illinois, the highest percentage of outbound moves were in Connecticut, New York, and Kansas. Vermont had the highest percentage of people moving into a state, followed by Oregon, Idaho, Nevada, and Arizona. The study showed that Americans continue to move west and south. The Mountain West and South regions saw high precentages of inbound moves while the Northeast and Midwest had high amounts of outbound moves.
(SPRINGFIELD) The issue of marijuana legalization continues to grow momentum in Illinois. Governor-elect J.B. Pritzker campaigned on legalizing marijuana and its corresponding tax revenue, possibly as much as $1 billion a year. The proposal includes the purchase and possession of at least 30 grams of marijuana to be allowed with regulated sites growing it and approved dispensaries selling it. Several lawmakers are currently working with interest groups to advance possible legislation in the next General Assembly session, which is scheduled for later this month. Ten other states already allow recreational marijuana use.
(SPRINGFIELD) The State Librarian’s Office has awarded more than $1.3 million in Fiscal Year 2019 School District Library Grant Program awards to 694 public school districts. More than 1.6 million students in Illinois served by school library media programs have benefitted from the grants in the past. Based on a formula of $.75 per student, with a minimum grant worth $750, the funds are used to acquire fiction and/or non-fiction books, educational CD’s and DVD’s, library subscriptions to electronic resources, and to improve the local technology by purchasing new computers or improving Wi-Fi connectivity. The Jasper County School District will get $904 while the Richland County School District will receive $1,647. All other area school districts will also get respective funds. Logon at www.cyberdriveillinois.com.